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Defourny and Boccolacci lead on first day of Eurocup testing

by Peter Allen
Max Defourny

Photo: Defourny/van der Laan

Max Defourny was quickest by over half a second on the opening day of Eurocup Formula Renault pre-season testing at Motorland Aragon.

The Belgian set his best time of 1m54.751s during the morning session, before Dorian Boccolacci topped the afternoon running on his step down from Formula 3.

Defourny’s team returned to its original R-ace GP moniker for the start of testing, after spending three seasons under the ART Junior Team banner.

The top rookie from the 2015 NEC season, Defourny was 0.739 seconds clear of the opposition in the morning and one tenth up on his best time from the test at Aragon that he dominated in November.

One week on from claiming the Toyota Racing Series title in New Zealand, Lando Norris was second quickest in the morning for Josef Kaufmann Racing ahead of fellow rookie Sacha Fenestraz (Tech 1 Racing).

Darius Oskoui took fourth after sealing a move to AVF earlier this week, setting the same time as Tech 1’s Hugo de Sadeleer with R-ace GP signing Will Palmer sixth.

Having been 12th in the morning as he settled in with Tech 1, Boccolacci came out on top of a battle with JKR pairing Norris and Jehan Daruvala in the afternoon.

Force India protege Daruvala was 0.112s off Boccolacci, with Norris a third of a tenth behind that.

R-ace GP and AVF were again present in the top five, this time courtesy of Julien Falchero and Harrison Scott respectively, with Defourny sixth.

Robert Swartzman, driving the third JKR car at his first appearance in an official Formula Renault test, had the 13th best time of the day with 10th place in the afternoon.

Second to 16th on the day’s combined times were split by less than a second.

Combined day one testing times
Pos Driver Team Session 1 Session 2
1 Max Defourny R-ace GP 1:54.751 1:55.832
2 Dorian Boccolacci Tech 1 Racing 1:56.139 1:55.283
3 Jehan Daruvala Josef Kaufmann Racing 1:55.907 1:55.395
4 Lando Norris Josef Kaufmann Racing 1:55.490 1:55.428
5 Sacha Fenestraz Tech 1 Racing 1:55.584 1:55.845
6 Julien Falchero R-ace GP 1:56.014 1:55.675
7 Darius Oskoui AVF 1:55.687 1:56.285
8 Hugo de Sadeleer Tech 1 Racing 1:55.687 1:56.368
9 Will Palmer R-ace GP 1:55.715 1:56.506
10 Harrison Scott AVF 1:55.978 1:55.810
11 Bruno Baptista Fortec Motorsports 1:55.899 1:55.844
12 Henrique Chaves AVF 1:55.968 1:55.993
13 Robert Shwartzman Josef Kaufmann Racing 1:56.434 1:56.051
14 Alexey Korneev JD Motorsports 1:56.338 1:56.110
15 Vasily Romanov Fortec Motorsports 1:56.270 1:56.156
16 Gabriel Aubry Tech 1 Racing 1:56.353 1:56.189
17 James Allen JD Motorsports 1:56.305 1:56.316
18 Ferdinand Habsburg Fortec Motorsports 1:56.741 1:56.362
19 Nikita Troitskiy Fortec Motorsports 1:57.087 1:56.474
20 Nerses Isaakyan AVF 1:57.888 1:56.590
21 Alex Perullo Technorace 1:57.165 1:57.651
22 David Porcelli MGR Motorsport 1:57.713 1:58.634
23 Rodrigo Pflucker Cram Motorsport 1:59.093 1:58.124
24 David Richert Cram Motorsport 1:59.558 1:58.900
25 Julia Pankiewicz AVF 2:01.568 1:59.280